FOT 2013 Resolutions

Holland Dombeck McCue HR (& Life!) Advice

According to the most trusted resource on the web – Wikipedia, duh – a New Year's resolution is a commitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit. A key element to a New Year's Resolution that sets it apart from other resolutions is that it is made in anticipation of the New Year and new beginnings. People committing themselves to a New Year's resolution generally plan to do so for the whole following year. This lifestyle change is generally interpreted as advantageous.

Here's a look at what's in store for the team at FOT in 2013:

Kris Dunn – 

  • To hell with people who take a zero sum approach to life and suck out your soul as a result – more here.  If that's too heavy for you, I'm going to try and get to a piano bar at least once a quarter.   #iamthe #entertainer.

Jessica Lee –

  • I've got team on the brain for 2013. Time to let go just a little bit more and let others!  And channel RGIII every day. The way he's lifted up the Redskins and all of the Washington D.C. metro area… amazing! If he can do it at age. 23, what's my excuse?
  • Run! Nike Women's half marathon in April… and I am determined to crush it!
  • Try to be equally as awesome as Kathy Rapp which means definitely more awesome than Tim Sackett.

Paul Hebert –

  • Listen more – talk less.
  • Address health issues.
  • Think more – act more – do more.
  • Connect more, intentionally, with people who interest me.
  • and finally – continue to call bullshit on what is spin, and highlight what is truth.

Kelly Dingee –

  • I'm about to hit a life change as my oldest heads off to college…maybe I'm thinking of that…
  • Be adventurous.
  • Embrace change.
  • Take a risk or two.
  • Source better…efficiency and effectiveness are going to win.

Jason Pankow –

  • Drink every single beer in the world…except Bud Light.
  • Get drafted by the Seattle Mariners.  Heck, I can't be that much worse than what they got already.
  • Bring back Hypercolor t-shirts.
  • Talk about Fight Club.
  • Prove that Birmingham is actually just a figment of Kris Dunn's imagination.
  • Oh…and some HR stuff too.

Kathy Rapp –

  • Learn how to take deep breaths.
  • Respond vs. react (after I've learned how to take deep breaths).
  • Simplify…except for my shoes.
  • Be more awesome than Tim Sackett.
  • Take time for my family.

Tim Sackett –

  • Be more Awesome.
  • Attempt to buy the Twinkies brand so the terrorists don't get it.
  • Complete my metamorphosis into, I think Dwane Lay called it (behind my back), “Mini Kris Dunn”.

Dawn Burke –

  • Buy more shoes.
  • Learn to bake Czechoslovakian food (he Hrdlica dynasty must live on!).
  • Chill by places with water (Fiji maybe, I wish).
  • Embrace my mid-life crisis.
  • Lighten up.
  • Connect (aka harass) FOT folks more.

Marisa Keegan –

  • Make authentic connections in Richmond.
  • Launch a few more training programs.
  • Run a strong half marathon.
  • Hire a babysitter more often.

Suzanne Rumsey –

  • Contain war

    drobe expansion (especially shoes and bags) to the confines of my closet.

  • Find a house with bigger closets.
  • Connect with my FOT buds and the wider FOT nation more.
  • Write more lighthearted, but seriously topical, FOT bloggy things.
  • Evolve my and my employer's thinking on talent, organization capability, and leadership.

Andy Porter –

  • Be the best father I can be to this little human who showed up and moved into my house 10 months ago.
  • Do something that will give me the space to be introspective and challenge how I think and act in life.
  • Get faster!  Finish a 5K in less than 20 minutes and a half marathon in less than 1:40.
  • Write some provocative sh*t on FOT!

Steve Boese –

  • Wake up earlier.
  • Buy a vowel for Dawn Hrdlica-Burke.
  • Have a Bud Light with Jason Pankow.
  • Catch a Knicks playoff game at the Garden this Spring (consolation – a Hawks game at the Highlight Factory with KD).
  • Convince someone at FOT we should have some branded merch, my T-shirt collection needs a refresh.

William Tincup –

  • Faith – In 2013 I'm going to attend church more often.  Truth is, I'm better when I'm accountable.  Church forces me reflect and thusly am accountable… to myself, to my family and to the man/woman upstairs.
  • Love – In 2013 I'm going to make sure the few people that I actually love on this planet… know it… I'll be more communicative about how much they mean to me.  I mask my feelings rather well.  I need to tear down that wall with folks that are dear to me.
  • Hope – In 2013 I'm going to give people a break and hope that they do the right thing.  Less plotting, more hoping.  IMHO, Cynicism and pessimism can only get you so far.  I want to think positive thoughts more often.
  • Trust – In 2013 I'm going to trust my instincts more.  I have a pretty good gut (literal and figurative) but occasionally I waiver from my instincts.  Never works out well when that happens by the way.  My hope is that I'll be more decisive.

Meredith Soleau –

Of course, I have to follow Tincup, the FOT goody-two-shoes….

Okay, so let's see. I am never good at these things. Last year I wanted to wear awesome shoes daily (accomplished) and stop cussing (failed miserably by June).

For 2013:

  • Get my email in-boxes, desk, and voice mails organized.
  • Be authentic in all things. Even if people think it's too much, or they want me to grow a mouth filter, or they think my hair is far too pretty for HR… I am just going to keep being me, no matter what.
  • Oh, and most importantly! Learn to take a #2 at work (instead of running home when nature calls). This one actually feels like it will be the hardest to accomplish.

Steve Gifford –

  •  Learn enough about OFCCP rules to write a new Affirmative Action Plan.
  •  Meet my HR counterparts in customer companies.
  •  Start running again.

Laurie Ruettimann –

  • I want to adopt a dog who has been rescued from a puppy mill.

Holland Dombeck –

  • Get involved in my local Girls on the Run chapter.
  • Tackle my first half-marathon and in the process train for a Tough Mudder.
  • Get over my blogging stage fright and submit some real opinions at FOT, or find an outlet that will take me.
  • Rock the GMAT and apply for grad school.

Your turn! Hit us in the comments with your personal/professional aspirations for 2013….

Holland Dombeck McCue
Holland Dombeck McCue is the former editor turned blogger here at Fistful of Talent. She plays in the employment branding and B2B marketing space and currently heads up Recruitment Marketing and Global Employment Branding for Delta Air Lines. So, it goes without saying that the opinions shared on FOT are hers and hers alone. She wishes it could go without saying, but hey, Legal runs a tight ship…